Power Rankings

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson led 191 laps en route to the victory at Dover. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson was able to turn his Chase effort around with a victory at Dover and is now challenging Denny Hamlin for the points lead and the top of the power rankings. Motor Racing Network's rankings are based on a combination of season-to-date loop data, season standings and staff selections by Jeff Wackerlin and Rachael West.

1. Denny Hamlin: Hamlin was able to hold on to the points lead following Dover's AAA 400 after he posted a ninth-place finish. But, he left the door open for drivers to gain on him after he struggled to maintain position in the top 10 with a tight-handling race car. Still, he could've ended up a lot worse as he's only scored four top-10 finishes at Dover in 10 starts. Hamlin will have to hope for as good of an outcome at Kansas, where he's coming off his only top-10 finish in five starts. His average finish there is 19.0.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.6
Point Standing: First
Last Week's Ranking:

2. Kyle Busch: Busch gave it all he could to try to capture the Dover sweep, but couldn't quite pull off the victory Sunday after developing a tight-handling race car late in the race. After leading 46 laps, Busch held on to finish in sixth for his seventh top 10 at the track. He maintains his third-place spot in the standings heading to Kansas. Busch will attempt to make up some of his 45-point deficit on the lead in his seventh start at the track. He's only managed one top 10 with Hendrick Motorsports and has an overall average finish of 24.3. there.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.8
Point Standing: Third
Last Week's Ranking: Third

3. Jimmie Johnson: Johnson made a huge gain in the point standings with his 19th career Chase victory in Sunday's AAA 400. He jumped four spots to second and now sits just 35 points outside of the championship lead. The victory was his sixth at Dover and gave little doubt that he's still the driver to beat in the championship after he led five times for a race-high 191 laps. Kansas doesn't bode well for other drivers gaining on Johnson. He's finished in the top 10 in the last three events there, including a victory from the pole in 2008. In eight total starts, Johnson's posted six top 10s and only one finish outside the top 15.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.2
Point Standing: Second
Last Week's Ranking: Ninth

4. Jeff Burton: Burton gained two spots in the standings and a place on the rankings after scoring the runner-up finish at Dover. He overcame a 27th-place starting position and steadily moved up the field before posting his sixth top five of the season. Burton will have his work cut out for him making up some of his 80-point deficit on the leader as the series heads to Kansas. It's one of his worst tracks by finishing average (18.6). But he has managed to post his only two top 10s at the track with RCR.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.4
Point Standing: Seventh
Last Week's Ranking: N/R

5. Carl Edwards: Edwards jumped in the rankings after finishing fifth at Dover. He ran all but two laps within the top 15 during the 400 lap race en route to his ninth top-10 finish over the last 11 races. The finish moved him up one spot in the standings to sixth, within 73 points of the leader. In six starts at Kansas, Edwards has four top 10s, including a runner-up finish in 2008. His average finish is 13.3.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.5
Point Standing: Sixth
Last Week's Ranking: Seventh

6. Kurt Busch: Busch rebounded from a pit road speeding penalty on lap 189 to finish fourth at Dover. Busch was able to make his way back into the top 10 by lap 200 and climb his way to his ninth top five of the season by the time the checkered flag flew. He gained one spot in the championship standings and is now 59 points out of the lead. Busch has yet to record a top 10 at Kansas in four starts with Penske Racing. Last year he finished 11th at the 1.5-mile oval.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.6
Point Standing: Fourth
Last Week's Ranking: N/R

7. Jeff Gordon: Gordon finished 11th at Dover and gave up four spots in the championship standings in the process. The No. 24 team struggled in the last half of the race when the rubber began to build up on the 1-mile concrete oval. Gordon will look to gain back his lost positions from Dover at Kansas where he's captured two wins and is coming off three consecutive top fives.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.3
Point Standing: Eighth
Last Week's Ranking: Sixth

8. Kevin Harvick: After making headlines with points leader Denny Hamlin during practice at Dover, Harvick dropped four spots in the rankings after finishing 15th. Harvick started 33rd in the race and was able to crack the top 10 by lap 220, but his No. 29 Chevrolet got too loose in the end. Last year, Harvick finished 24th at Kansas for his worst finish there in the last four races. In his previous two starts, Harvick finished sixth.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.1
Point Standing: Fifth
Last Week's Ranking: Fourth

9. AJ Allmendinger: Allmendinger had a career day at Dover leading 143 laps. It marked the first time in his 108 Sprint Cup starts that he led more than 17 laps in one race. In fact, Dover became just the 10th track where Allmendinger has led at least one lap. A flat right-rear tire near halfway mark of the race took Allmendinger out of contention, but he was able to rally back to finish 10th for his 14th career top 10. Kansas is one of the tracks where Allmendinger has recorded a top 10, coming with Team Red Bull in 2008. Last year, Allmendinger finished 17th with Richard Petty Motorsports.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 80.1
Point Standing: 21st
Last Week's Ranking: N/R

10. Joey Logano: Logano makes his return to the rankings after a strong outing at Dover. Logano started 19th and posted a 7.9 average running position en route to a third-place finish. The result was his second consecutive top 10 at Dover and his fourth top five of 2010. The finish also came one year after he walked away from a series of violent flips in his No. 20 Toyota during last year's Dover race. Logano will look to use his momentum coming out of Dover to turn around his Sprint Cup performance at Kansas, which ranks as his worst track based on his 33.5 average finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 77.0
Point Standing: 20th
Last Week's Ranking: N/R

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